ERIC Number: EJ1079834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
When Ideals Get in the Way of Self-Care: Perfectionism and Self-Stigma for Seeking Psychological Help among High School Students
Zeifman, Richard J.; Atkey, Sarah K.; Young, Rebecca E.; Flett, Gordon L.; Hewitt, Paul L.; Goldberg, Joel O.
Canadian Journal of School Psychology, v30 n4 p273-287 Dec 2015
In the current study, we investigated whether adolescents high in perfectionism are prone to experiencing self-stigma for seeking psychological help. This work is based on the premise that the need to seek help for psychological difficulties is not consistent with idealistic personal goals of perfectionistic young people and their desire to retain an idealistic self-image. A sample of 85 high school students completed the Child and Adolescent Perfectionism Scale, the Self-Stigma of Seeking Help Scale, and a measure of contact with individuals with mental illness. Results indicated that perfectionism was associated with self-stigma among those students with little to no experience with people with a history of mental illness. These findings suggest that certain perfectionistic students have a propensity toward low self-acceptance and judge themselves negatively for needing help. Implications are discussed for prevention and intervention programs that emphasize contact and experiential opportunities with individuals who have mental illness.
Descriptors: Help Seeking, Mental Disorders, Personality Traits, Self Concept, Intervention, Prevention, Adolescents, High School Students, Measures (Individuals), Correlation, Likert Scales, Private Schools, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Regression (Statistics), Bias
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)
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